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  • Beach sand often more contaminated than water

    Recent research has revealed that beach sand contains high concentrations of E. coli and other fecal indicator bacteria, often greatly exceeding the concentration in beach water.  Further, there is evidence that beach closings due to elevated fecal indicator bacteria may be linked to these sand populations. Contaminated beach sand, and the complications that it causes for monitoring, are among ...

  • Connecticut Mold Testing Laboratory Warns of Contaminations From Recent Flooding

    The heavy rains forced Meriden nursing home to evacuate early Sunday morning after water leaked onto an electrical panel as this latest N'easter ripped through the state of Connecticut causing flooding, downed trees and power outages. Gov. Jodi Rell has declared a state of emergency after touring damage caused by this weekends powerful storm.Flooding can cause the contamination of water with ...


  • Floodway Chemical, Pesticide Contamination below levels of health concern

    Detailed analysis of the May 24 limited sampling of floodwaters in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway in southeast Missouri found contamination at levels typically found in the Mississippi River in nine samples of collected water. The samples are also below levels of health concern for those involved with continuing cleanup activities. Previous results had indicated the presence of E. coli ...

  • Olympic groups to monitor Brazil`s polluted waters

    Olympic sports federations will be monitoring efforts to clean up the polluted waters around Rio de Janeiro to prevent health risks to athletes at the 2016 Games. An Associated Press report this week showed nearly 70 percent of Rio's sewage is untreated and dumped into iconic beach areas like Copacabana and Ipanema and picturesque Guanabara Bay. Those waters will host several of Rio's events at ...


    By Associated Press

  • New Jersey Organizations Use EPA Grants to Monitor Water Pollution in their Communities

    With support of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "citizen science" grants, two New Jersey community groups have begun their final weeks of summer water pollution monitoring. The New York/New Jersey Baykeeper and Friends of the Bonsal Preserve have been using $25,000 grants to monitor water quality on tributaries of the New York/New Jersey Harbor. The groups are testing for the bacteria ...

  • New York Organizations Use EPA Grants to Monitor Water Pollution in their Communities

    With support of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "citizen science" grants, two New York community groups have begun their final weeks of summer water pollution monitoring. The Bronx River Alliance and the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance have been using $25,000 grants to monitor water quality on tributaries of the New York/New Jersey Harbor. The groups are testing for the bacteria ...

  • Environmental monitoring in Texas moves into watershed protection plan development

    Results from a three-year monitoring study indicate that Buck Creek in the southeastern part of the Texas Panhandle is not excessively contaminated, and experts are advocating it should be taken off Texas’ list of impaired water bodies. “Overall the creek is in good shape,” said Lucas Gregory, project manager with the Texas Water Resources Institute in College Station. Gregory and other officials ...

  • Ten California water systems facing fines for failing to monitor E. Coli in drinking water

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has ordered ten California public drinking water systems to monitor for Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the source water of their drinking water systems, or face penalties of up to $32,500 per day for each violation. E. coli is a type of fecal coliform bacteria commonly found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals and humans. The presence of E. coli in ...

  • EPA Begins Summer Monitoring to Protect Area Beaches, Coastal Waters and New York/New Jersey Harbor

    With the beginning of the beach season, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is beginning its beach and harbor protection program to safeguard beaches and bays in New Jersey and New York and protect the health of the people who enjoy them. This year’s program will include helicopter surveillance for floating debris, water quality sampling and grants to support state beach protection ...

  • EPA begins summer monitoring to protect area beaches, coastal Waters and New York/New Jersey Harbor

    With the beginning of the beach season, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again undertaking a beach and harbor protection program to safeguard beaches and bays in New Jersey and New York and protect the health of the people who enjoy them. EPA’s program includes helicopter surveillance for floating debris, water quality sampling and grants to support state beach protection ...

  • Speeding up E. coli detection

    A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique, described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterborne disease outbreaks. Bin Chen of Purdue University Calumet, and colleagues there and at the University ...

  • New EPA guidance addresses Revised Total Coliform Rule

    An interim final version of guidance from the US Environmental Protection Agency aims to help public water systems and primacy agencies comply with and implement the assessment and corrective action requirements of the Revised Total Coliform Rule. Under the RTCR, public water systems that are vulnerable to microbial contamination in the distribution system (as indicated by their monitoring ...

  • Multiple antibiotic resistance indexing

    Knowledge of the source of drinking water contamination enables the development of suitable programs and strategies. An article in Water Science and Technology: Water Supply describes the use of multiple antibiotic resistance (MAR) indexing to classify sources of microbial contaminant. The provision of safe ...

  • Mold problems expected for many across Northeast US

    Record warm temperatures are blaketing the northeast this week replacing historical flooding from the past of storm of this past weekend. Many towns in the northeastern United States have gotten as much rain in the past month as they normally do during six months. This historical type flooding will lead to a variety of potential environmental contaminations including drinking water ...


  • Flood Victims In New York and New Jersey Should Expect Mold Problems

    Recent flooding in New York and New Jersey has caused power outages, disrupted train services and flooded homes. Many of these flood damages properties will be prone to a host of environmental nightmares. As the floodwaters begin to recede, many New York and New Jersey residents of flood damaged properties will come to the realization that a variety of environmental contamination issues including ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Maryland Mold Testing Laboratory Warns of Mold Growth from Melting Snow and Recent Rain Flooding

    The Baltimore County Fire Department was busy going from home to home filled with several inches of water in basements as three inches of rain filled the streets in Baltimore this past storm. This past weekends rain and melting snow has flooded basements in several maryland communities accross the state.During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the ...


  • Testing for Norovirus and Enterovirus is becoming increasingly important and commonplace

    High profile outbreaks associated with the viruses have kept EMSL Analytical scientists busy.Pollution of rivers and recreational waters by sewage and animal fecal waste has led to a number of high profile human gastrointestinal infections in recent years. Many of these same contaminants can be passed from human to human by direct contact with secretions from an infected person or by contacting ...


  • EPA Applauds SCDHEC, Farmers and Landowners for Improving Water Quality in the Enoree River Watershed

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commends the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), farmers, and landowners for improving water quality in the Enoree River watershed. Two out of six places in the river and its tributaries are now meeting the state’s bacteria water quality standard for the first time since the late ‘90s. ...

  • Testing the water is important for household well owners

    The National Ground Water Association recommends household well owners test their water at least annually for bacteria, nitrate, and any contaminants of local concern. More frequent testing should be considered if: There is a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water, or if a problem occurs such as a broken well cap, inundation by floodwaters, or a new contamination ...

  • Sewage Overflow Health Dangers: What Homeowners Need to Know

    Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) happen every day across the nation and the Mid-Atlantic region is no exception.  When they occur they can spread raw sewage into basements and out of manholes that cause extensive damage and the risk of disease in both indoor and outdoor environments.   According to Delaware’s Division of Public Health, “Human waste contains many organisms ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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